NEWARK, N.J. -- The final Big East game between two of its charter members followed the form that most of the previous 62 went.
No. 6 Syracuse (21-4, 9-3 Big East) turned back Seton Hall 76-65 on Saturday night before a record Prudential Center crowd of 13,569.
The Orange, who will play in the ACC next season, ended the series that started in 1979 with a 47-16 edge over their New Jersey rivals. Syracuse has won 31 of its last 36 Big East games.
The win ended the Orange's three-game road losing streak. Coach Jim Boeheim's team had lost at Villanova (75-71), Pittsburgh (65-55) and Connecticut (66-58).
Syracuse had not lost three consecutive games on the road since the 2008-09 season, when it lost five straight.
Brandon Triche led the Orange with a career-high 29 points and C.J. Fair contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season.
Triche's previous career-high of 27 points came against Oakland last season. He scored 25 earlier this season against Rutgers. His 10 field goals were also a career-best.
"There were a lot of holes out there because they were playing match-up," Triche said. "Ultimately I was just trying to make plays, not just score."
Triche had one of his poorer shooting games in the loss against Connecticut, making just 3 of 15 shots and none of his seven 3-point attempts.
"He's got to be aggressive," said Boeheim of Triche. "He was aggressive against Connecticut, but he just missed everything. When the ball doesn't go in it can be a difficult game."
The Pirates drew within six at 60-54 with 5:52 to play but were victimized by a 9-2 run by the Orange to make it 69-56 with 3:09 to go. Triche scored five points in the spurt.
Fuquan Edwin led Seton Hall (13-13, 2-11), losers of seven straight, with 21 points. The Pirates have been beset by injuries all season. Last night they played with only seven healthy bodies.
"I haven't played a Big East game yet with a full roster," said Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard, "so as much as I hate losing, I'm still optimistic with where we are going.
"I can't play Syracuse with seven guys."
The latest casualty for Willard is forward Brandon Mobley who scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds with a bad shoulder. Mobley, who averages 8.4 points, will have surgery in a few days and be finished for the season.
"We hope that it's only eight weeks which will get him (Mobley) back in June, so he can have a full summer to get stronger," Willard said.
Boeheim wasn't nostalgic about ending this longtime rivalry.
"You're so worried about the game," he said. "I don't think about that stuff. You have to concentrate on each game."
Seton Hall was dismal from the free-throw line for the second consecutive game. It converted just 17 of 29 attempts (58.6 percent), compared with Syracuse's 69 percent (20 of 29).
In Seton Hall's 78-67 loss to Connecticut on Feb. 10, the Pirates shot just 35 percent from the line (6 of 17). They are next to last in the Big East in free-throw shooting at 64 percent. Syracuse leads the conference at 76 percent.
After successfully busting Syracuse's 2-3 zone with some long-range shooting early in the first half, Seton Hall went into a scoring drought. The Pirates' first three baskets were via the 3-pointer and led 21-12 with 11:15 left, then they didn't score from the field for almost eight minutes.
The Orange took advantage of the deficiency by going on a 17-4 run to move ahead 29-25 with 3:24 to go in the half. Triche scored seven of his team-high 14 points in the burst.
Seton Hall pulled to 29-28 on a Harolds Karlis 3-pointer, but Syracuse countered with a 7-2 run to close at the half with a 36-30 cushion.
Edwin and Karlis paced the Pirates with eight points apiece in the half.
Syracuse is tied with Marquette and Georgetown atop the Big East. All three teams are 9-3.
NOTES: Because of the large crowd, the upper level of the Prudential Center was open for the first time since Seton Hall began playing its Big East games there in 2007-08. ... Seton Hall is 69-226 all time against teams ranked in the Top 25. ... Syracuse sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams ranks second in the nation in assists per game (8.21) and third in steals per game (3.13).